By Raphael Blet
On Tuesday, Justice Thomas Au gave his verdict on the fate of Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung, the two mavericks who were disqualified from taking their oath after not following their scripts and using derogatory terms to describe China.
In an unsurprising move, the High Court decided to ban the two pro-independence lawmakers from taking a second oath, ordered them to vacate their LegCo’s premises and requested them to fully reimburse their salary.
This comes a week after Beijing’s interpretation of the Basic Law’s article 104.
The Basic Law’s interpretation has sparked concern amongst members of the judicial profession who saw it as a threat to Hong Kong’s judicial independence.
For some, the High Court’s decision might be seen as influenced by the NPC’s interpretation although the final verdict would probably not have been different even without an interpretation.
Many put the blame on the Chinese government and see in this interpretation a way for them to interfere in Hong Kong’s affairs.
WRONG: the basic law’s interpretation was in fact done on Hong Kong’s request, as it always did.
The chaos amplified when the Chief Executive decided to challenge the two lawmakers’ oath at the court while this matter could be resolved within the LegCo.
By taking this action, the Chief Executive brought the separation of powers into a vicious circle which has led to more divisions, uncertainties and anger amongst the population.
At first, Beijing did probably not give a toss about those the two young people who probably had an overdose of testosterone at the time… Only when the Chief Executive triggered Beijing’s nerves did Beijing decide to interpret article 104.
While Hong Kong’s rule of law hasn’t changed, the public’s level of trust towards local institutions might be at its lowest.
On the other hand, the Western press currently feasts itself at having another occasion to portray Hong Kong in a negative angle.
Yet, it is indeed laborious to understand who is in charge of the matters given that the three powers have been ingested by what can be labelled as “political greed”.
To sweeten the whole chaos, Hong Kong might now have to deal with by-elections and angry voters who felt betrayed by the two excited young politicians.
On both sides, political greed and dishonesty are to blame.
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